Ruthie Abeliovich

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This paper reviews Grzegorz Niziołek thought-provoking book The Polish Theatre of the Holocaust (London: Methuen Drama Press, 2019), and the key questions and issues it addresses. Focusing on Polish perspectives, theatrical representations and performative reactions to the extermination of the Jews during WWII, the book analyzes six decades of theatrical creation. Within this scheme, the victims and perpetrators are casted in the role of actors, while the Polish people are allotted the role of passive spectators, witnesses to the atrocity. This review sheds light on the ethical and aesthetical implications of Niziołek’s study, by attending to the material aspects of the catastrophe, and its theatrical representations. It seeks to recuperate and integrate the Jewish perspective into the theatrical analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-170
Number of pages10
JournalPamietnik Teatralny
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020

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  • Dybbuk
  • Holocaust
  • Polish theater after 1945
  • Shoah
  • Szymon An-sky

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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